The Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) fifth Festival of Photography, BIFB’13 will be held from 17 August to 15 September, 2013.

The event comprises two major exhibition programs: the curated Biennale exhibition’s Core Program, and the open entry Fringe Program, a city-wide presentation of more than 80 shows, staged within galleries, project spaces, commercial businesses and public sites.   This year’s Core Program will bring an eclectic mix of photography from all over the world and include exhibitions of works by Young Ho Kang, South Korea’s best-known fashion photographer; Francisco Diaz from the USA; portraits of Christchurch artists affected by the February 22, 2011 earthquake by Doc Ross of New Zealand; a tribute exhibition of works by artist, John Cato (1926 ““ 2011) and works made with archaic processes by immigrant photographer, Sonia Macak. All Core Program exhibitions are free to attend and open seven days a week for the biennale’s month-long duration.

The BIFB Fringe Program provides a stage for photographers of all levels to present their talents to the broadest possible audience, and to show along side of, and to learn from, and to be inspired by, some of the best photographic talent from around the world.

In a broader context, BIFB’13 presents a smorgasbord of support events offering photographic insights, education, participation and inspiration for our audience, including: a Projections program, a Public art program, Workshops, seminars and master-classes, Artist floor-talks, Portfolio reviews, a Schools program and a Photographic book prize. The BIFB is supported the City of Ballarat and Ballarat Regional Tourism, who recognise the important role the festival plays in its contribution to building the social fabric of Ballarat, the opportunities it provides for community involvement in the arts, and its huge economic impact for Ballarat.   More information is available at